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Bob Gaydos is a veteran of 40-plus years in daily newspapers. He began as police reporter with The (Binghamton, N.Y.) Sun-Bulletin, eventually covering government and politics as well as serving as city editor, features editor, sports editor and executive editor. He was also managing editor of the Evening Capital in Annapolis, Md. He retired from daily newspapering in 2007 after 29 years with the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y., where he was Sunday/features editor and, for 23 years, editorial page editor. He won numerous awards for his editorials from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association and The Associated Press and in 1992 was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Gaydos continues to write on a freelance basis, including a column on addiction for the Record. He is also focused on guiding his two sons, Max and Zack, through college.
Democrats: Stand by your woman
Many Democrats seem to be inclined to try to make a problem of Gillibrand's synchronistic moment. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that she's a woman and she's talking about a subject many people find difficult to talk about frankly and publicly -- sexual harassment.
A gift to America from the U.S. Mint
To celebrate the 225th anniversary of its founding, the Mint has initiated a series of gold coins depicting Lady Liberty as different ethnicities. Following the first symbolic African-American woman to grace a United States coin, will come Asian-American, Hispanic-American, and Indian-American figures, to reflect "the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States," the Mint said. How did he miss that?
Friday, November 17, 2017(2 comments)
Trump shakes, rattles and rolls
The point is -- and his loyal supporters who see the emperor well-clothed ought to really care about this -- if he can't manage his own personal health with all the imaginable resources in the world at his call, how can he be relied on to manage America?
Friday, November 3, 2017
Facebook has an algorithm problem
Facebook has more than a Russia problem. It has become the major source of news for millions of Americans, yet its news feeds have been shown to be awash in fake news. Lots of really fake news, not Trump "fake news," which is real news.
Monday, October 30, 2017(1 comments)
Positive Vibes for Negative Times
Yes, actual factual information is vital, but that steady drumbeat of
ignorance and arrogance at the center of most news stories today
only seems to add to the great wall of negative energy engulfing our
universal consciousness, making us act, if you will, as if we were all
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Fly me to the moon, please!
Nibiru -- Planet X -- was a no-show again. ... One would have to think that any celestial visitors these days would only have to slow down enough to take a peek at the headlines and decide to come back in another 3600 years when maybe we had our stuff a little better together.
Sunday, September 3, 2017(6 comments)
It's a burger ... and so much more
So what's the point of living, you ask, if you can't have a few beers and polish off a half-pound of beef dripping with bacon grease and cheese, topped with salt and ketchup (sugar)? Hey, your choice. But as we neglect our bodies by rejecting science, so do we neglect our minds. As a nation, we become lazy, mentally as well as physically.
Thursday, August 24, 2017(2 comments)
Musk, killer robots, Trump and the Eclipse
Trump's disdain for science (for knowledge of any kind, really) and his apparently pathological need to do the opposite of what more knowledgeable people recommend, regardless of the topic, are a dangerous combination. When you're talking about killer robots, it's a potentially deadly one.
Saturday, August 19, 2017(4 comments)
A one-sided-story: Trump must go
This is a time of serious unrest in America, stoked by the divisive language and actions of Donald Trump and those who advise and enable him. There is no other side to that story. He was elected on a campaign built on lies, bigotry and bullying. The Republican Party allowed it. They continue to allow him to shred the fabric of this nation. They own him even though he is not one of them. That is the price of silence on fascism.
Saturday, August 12, 2017(7 comments)
Trump, Korea, the Marines, The Photo
As a nation, we have a tendency to try to make things -- flag-raisings, presidents -- fit our perceptions (our hopes and wishes perhaps), so that we don't have to face reality. War is brutal. Talk is cheap.
Sunday, July 30, 2017(3 comments)
The real GOP mavericks: Collins and Murkowski
Forget McCain. In the matter of saving Americans from the cruel reality of the disastrous GOP effort to kill Obamacare (as opposed to passing its own health care measure), the real mavericks were Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Sunday, July 23, 2017(2 comments)
Lining up for the smell of death in D.C.
This particular plant was the first corpse flower to bloom in Washington, D.C., since 2007. So for eight years -- from 2008 to 2016 -- there was no call to line up for the smell of death in the nation's capital. This year -- bloom! Hmm.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017(2 comments)
Helloooooooooooo, Out There !
METI (Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is not to be confused with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), which deals with searching for messages from aliens. To/from. Therein lies the difference as well as a major scientific/philosophical dispute. I say send.
Saturday, July 1, 2017(1 comments)
The Republican Party: Mean to the bone
I've been trying to figure out when "mean" became the Republican go-to word in policy. Maybe it was Ronald Reagan's phony trickle-down spiel. The middle class and poor are still waiting for the first nourishing drops.
Monday, June 26, 2017(15 comments)
''Daddy is an idiot, but we love him''
"Trump's diehard supporters are stuck with each other and with him -- one, big, dysfunctional family, lies and betrayals notwithstanding. Indeed, to question Daddy is disloyal, to leave, a betrayal. And where would you go anyway? It is, after all, a scary world out there. Daddy said so. Many times."
Tuesday, June 13, 2017(4 comments)
A 70-year-old rookie in the White House
I like to know that the person widely regarded as leader of the free world has at least some working familiarity with the rules of the road -- the protocols of the office, diplomacy, a sense of history, the basic do's and don'ts of the job. Also, respect for the law of the land. Stuff like that.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017(3 comments)
Did time finally catch up with Cosby?
The statute of limitations allows the powerful -- a famous TV star or the Catholic Church -- to pay off victims of sexual assault, convince them that no one will believe them, scare them with the threat of public exposure and embarrassment and delay any criminal action against them until it's too late.
Monday, May 29, 2017(5 comments)
Happy birthday to me, Dylan and JFK
Kennedy, who would be 100 today, was president at a time when I first became intimately aware of how a president could have a profound impact on my life, personally.
Sunday, May 28, 2017(2 comments)
Trump, turmeric and Taoism
I haven't spent a lot of time worrying about the good health of the NIC. Rather, I'm curious about who is and wondering why the man himself doesn't seem to care much. Maybe he thinks he's perfect just the way he is
Friday, May 19, 2017(1 comments)
Sycophants, cowards and Steve Bannon
I do not feel sorry for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway or others who took jobs as mouthpieces for a demonstrated pathological liar and have lost any credibility or, indeed, dignity they might have felt they had in doing a job professionally by stepping out every day to repeat Trump's lies, defend them with air quotes or describe them as "alternate facts."
Wednesday, May 10, 2017(2 comments)
Ah, what Cadet Trump could have learned
The Civil War, Lincoln, Jackson ... The cadet code at New York Military Academy is the same as West Point's: "A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do." I get the feeling Cadet Trump was snoozing through some of his classes at NYMA.
Sunday, April 30, 2017(4 comments)
No one told me this job was so hard
The only honest thing the narcissist-in-chief has said since being elected is that he thought the job would be easier. He couldn't bring himself to say it's way too hard for him, that he's woefully ill-prepared intellectually, emotionally and spiritually for the most important job on the planet.
Sunday, April 9, 2017(7 comments)
The Syria Conspiracy: Now Here's One I can Believe:
Trump, Putin and Assad set the whole thing up. The chemical attack, the missile attack, the denials, the warnings from Trump, the threats from Putin. All according to script. Yes, it's a morbidly depressing theory and so, in some respects, I hope I'm wrong. But I wouldn't be surprised if I'm right.
Monday, April 3, 2017(2 comments)
Pick a book, any book; now be it
I feel a sense of frustration and fatigue on Facebook, which has become highly politically charged. And so, I'm writing about books. Pay attention. I want to know what you're reading. Also, if you could be a book, what book would it be? C'mon, folks, interface. Remember social media?
Breslin and Berry, two originals: RIP
Jimmy Breslin could write like hell. Chuck Berry could play the hell out of the guitar. A president straight out of hell. And Shaq thinks the Earth is flat. Oh well.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The dumb, venal, rotten GOP game plan(s)
Since all three GOP game plans are working together for separate goals, they share a mutual interest in fomenting chaos. The media have to decide daily what to focus on: The Russians? The wiretaps? The Wall? The travel ban? The budget? The conflicts of interest? The Trump/Ryan health care plan?
Friday, March 17, 2017(1 comments)
Trump couldn't lose for winning
Less than two months since his inauguration, it's obvious: Donald Trump likes being president, but he is less than fond of doing president. The title is great. But the work? Who knew? He never wanted the job.
Friday, March 10, 2017(5 comments)
A game of Solitaire in the White House
The NIC was wandering around the White House in his bathrobe when the phone range. A voice on the other end suggested that to occupy his time he should play his favorite game -- Solitaire. "Yes, mother," the NIC obeyed and hung up. Having stacked the deck with just red queens, the trigger card, the voice called back a minute later and said, "Blame Obama."
Thursday, March 2, 2017
If the Grandy Man Shirt Fits, Wear It
I say, in my ever-more-persistent effort to be aware of synchronicity in my life, that I was given my Curtis Granderson shirt to wear today because it would inevitably lead me to a place of positive thoughts, a place of hope and a bit of serenity. That's what.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Press gets chance to redeem itself on Trump
In a strange way, Trump has pulled the reverse on the old he giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other. During the campaign he made a mockery of the press. In office he has continued to insult and assault the media because they are finally recognizing him for what he is. Much of the mainstream media has started doing its job again--Reporting the truth.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Behind his bluster, GOP pillages America
If you watch the movie, ''You've Been Trumped,'' you'll realize this is all just the same plot over and over again. In place of the Scottish government that rolled over to the narcissist and let him build an ostentatious golf course, we have congressional Republicans, smiling and nodding and saying in private to other nations, ''Don't pay attention to what he says.''
Saturday, February 18, 2017(1 comments)
Why won't McCain take on Trump?
By not challenging Trump with actions as well as words, McCain leaves himself open to criticism that, while he may be prone to occasional flashes of anger, he's not willing to risk losing whatever standing, power, and influence he may have within his party by engaging in an all-out fight with the president based on principle.
Sorry, Caroline, you're no JFK
Kennedy doesn't really offer much as a candidate. Being diplomatic with the friendly Japanese for three years is hardly preparation for the rigors of a presidential campaign. Besides, Democrats don't need another Hillary Clinton, baggage or not.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017(6 comments)
Tom Wolfe, LSD, Orange Hair and Me
What do great shooters do when they are in a shooting funk, when everything seems to clang off the back rim? They keep shooting. They don't pass the ball to someone else. They shoot themselves out of the funk. Also, I think Putin is playing his puppet for the fool he knows him to be. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Friday, November 11, 2016
Some thoughts on an election
Remember when all those people thought it would be funny to vote for Sanjaya on "American Idol"? He couldn't sing worth a lick, but he made it to the finals. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Sunday, November 6, 2016(2 comments)
Who stands with Standing Rock?
In one day, a million Americans stood in virtual solidarity with the Sioux. Is it too much to ask their president and would-be presidents to demonstrate the real thing? Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Saturday, October 29, 2016(6 comments)
GOP has a day of reckoning coming
I'm thinking that a lot of people -- a lot of white, Republican people -- have a date with a mirror. It's far too late to undo the damage Trump has done or to deny any part in it, but it's not too late to admit the mistake of supporting him in spite of all the hateful, false things he said. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Saturday, October 22, 2016(1 comments)
The Kremlin and the death of the GOP
I do not blame Trump for being who he is. I simply detest him. I do, however, blame the Republican Party for infecting American society with this utterly degrading election campaign. I mean every elected Republican official who has stood silently by and let Trump make a mockery of our democratic system and lay waste to any sense of decency or decorum in selection of the most powerful political leader on the planet. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Monday, October 10, 2016(9 comments)
This clown is armed and dangerous
The eruption of scary clowns across America this fall is the inevitable culmination of a horrifying presidential campaign that began with the Republican Party's infamous clown car of candidates and has devolved into a daily episode of a self-aggrandizing TV showman with bright, orange hair saying scary stuff about what he will do if he is elected president of the United States. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Monday, October 3, 2016
Donald and the boys plot to beat Hillary
A bunch of the "boys" were sitting around the GOP clubhouse having a few drinks the other day. It was too rainy to play golf and they were way too out of shape to care anyway.
The talk inevitably came around to women. Women they had known. Women they could have known. Women they should have known. Women they wished they had known. Women they still wished they could know. If you know what I mean. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Thursday, September 29, 2016
In America, the rich are never wrong
Bankers don't go to jail in this country. Drug company executives don't go to jail in this country. Insurance executives don't go to jail in this country. Wall Street brokers don't go to jail in this country. In this country, a billionaire who doesn't pay his employees, stiffs his creditors, brags about not paying taxes gets to run for president. The rich are never wrong. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
A false argument about 'false balance'
In the opinion of The New York Times' public editor, Times reporters must resist the arguments about false balance -- giving political candidates' statements, opinions and actions equal treatment even though the truth argues otherwise -- because, in their distaste for Trump the reporters might be tempted to go easy on Clinton. Go ahead, finish laughing. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Monday, September 12, 2016(4 comments)
It's only fair to say: It has to be Hillary
We need to focus on the issue at hand: Donald Trump is the most dangerously ill-prepared candidate to ever run for president representing a major party. Hillary Clinton is one of the most-qualified persons to ever run for president and she is a woman. I submit those as pertinent facts. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Monday, September 5, 2016(2 comments)
The truth shall make us free ... and angry
One of the most disappointing aspects of this presidential campaign is that not nearly enough people are angry and downright embarrassed that one of our two major political parties has handed its presidential nomination to a congenital liar. A bigot. A misogynist. A narcissist. ... There I go again. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Monday, August 29, 2016(29 comments)
Alt-Right: A trumped-up label for bigots
Alt-Right is not a political philosophy. Rather, it is a fear-based agenda of white supremacy that is being spread via social media. It does not deserve any special, pseudo-sounding, political movement name so that reporters, editors and columnists can have a shorthand way of saying bigots. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Monday, August 22, 2016(5 comments)
A sports fan desperately in need of a back page
While I still turn to the sports page to start my day today, it's not nearly the same. First of all, on the Internet there is no back page. More to the point, the sports pages are no longer a sanctuary from the social problems of the day.
Monday, August 15, 2016(2 comments)
And So it Went: A week of do-overs for Donald
Donald Trump is a threat, an insult, a slur, a lie, a boast, an absurdity waiting to happen anytime he speaks. Life to him is one, big do-over. Any Republican with a shred of decency and self-respect, not to mention common sense, should have abandoned him months ago. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Dealing with the stigma of alcoholism
C.C. Sabathia is the 'feel good" story for the New York Yankees this year, but no one will say why that is. The stigma attached to alcoholism is strong even in recovery.
Monday, June 6, 2016(1 comments)
Ali, me and two guys named Frank
Whatever you do, whatever you may have accomplished, for as long you can, you keep showing up for life. You lace up your running shoes and stay true to your principles. And don't forget to acknowledge people who do special things. It never hurts to hear a little "wow" once in a while.
In a fog of fiction, Sanders offers truth
Bernie Sanders is the only candidate in either party who is genuine. When he speaks, I believe him. Millions believe him, because he has no hidden agenda; he is beholden to no one. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)
Falling in love with squats, sort of
If you can only do one exercise, I'm told, squats are the one to do because they work so many different muscles. The added muscle strength helps protect against injury from falls. Squats also improve balance, which decreases the likelihood of falls. For the record, one-third of those over the age of 65 falls each year and falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among seniors. Series: My Renovation (7 Articles, 17732 views)
Friday, December 11, 2015(1 comments)
Nothing grand about this old party today
I don't understand how longtime Republicans have let a super-conservative, ultra-religious, anti-science, anti-education, anti-government, anti-fact fringe element take control of their party without managing so much as a murmur of disagreement. Series: 2016 election (22 Articles, 24225 views)